January 27, 2017

As we move to a new administration, a look back at the last eight years shows President Obama left a monumental conservation legacy. Throughout his time in office, Obama used the Antiquities Act to designate or expand national monuments 34 times, preserving spectacular landscapes, such as Utah’s Bears Ears, and showcasing America’s diverse cultural heritage at places such as Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument. See more of our newest national monuments in CWP’s story map, A Monumental Legacy.

We talked to Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Obama about conservation efforts over the last eight years. Hear Deputy Secretary Connor’s insights on our newest national monuments, the biggest challenges facing our public lands, and more on our latest podcast.

Quick hits

Utah state Rep. Mike Noel despises the Bureau of Land Management, raising questions about why he wants to lead the agency

Salt Lake Tribune | St. George Daily Spectrum

Controversial lease sale completed for oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon National Historic Park

Santa Fe New Mexican

Trump administration hiring freeze could impact recreation opportunities on public lands

Men’s Journal

Utah state legislators begin push to abolish Bears Ears National Monument

Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Trump pressured acting National Park Service director over inauguration crowd estimates

Washington Post | New York Times

Quote of the day

“We need a BLM leader aligned with this mission, one who recognizes the role these well-stewarded landscapes play in the vibrancy of one of America’s most important and sustainable economic sector. Mike Noel is the opposite.”

—Peter Metcalf, founder, Black Diamond Equipment, Salt Lake Tribune

Written by on Monday, January 30th, 2017